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PHL-15: Staff Profile – Jim Kenney’s Campaign Team

PPCWEED01C-600Just a few days after announcing his entry into the race, Jim Kenney is unveiling his campaign staff.

The former Councilman and Philly mayoral candidate drew veterans of the Wolf, de Blasio and Obama campaigns. It’s also worth pointing out that Kenney’s campaign manager, finance director, deputy finance director and communications director all worked on Ken Trujillo’s brief run.

Meet the staffers who are working to elect Jim Kenney the next Mayor of Philadelphia.

Jane Slusser, Campaign Manager, previously worked as Campaign Manager for Ken Trujillo, Organizing Director at Equality Pennsylvania and led Human Rights Campaign’s Americans for Workplace Opportunity statewide campaign in Pennsylvania. In 2008 and 2012, Jane worked on President Obama’s election and re-election campaigns in South Philadelphia and Northeastern PA. A graduate of Barnard College, Jane helped launch social enterprise start-up, Catchafire, where she was Vice President & Chief Service Officer.

Deborah Mahler, Senior Advisor, served as Jim Kenney’s Chief of Staff on Philadelphia City Council during his twenty-three year tenure. A native Philadelphian and former teacher, Debbie has served on numerous state and municipal campaigns and currently serves as a Democratic committee person in the 21st Ward.

Anna Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research was named pollster of the year by the American Association of Political Consultants in 2014. Anna Greenberg, Ph.D. joined GQRR in 2001, after teaching public opinion and survey research methodology at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was the pollster in many successful campaigns including for Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Senator Wendy Davis, and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Snyder Pickerill Media Group is a national campaign strategy and media firm with a proven track record of electing over a dozen Democrats in Philadelphia. Ken Snyder and Terrie Pickerill’s successful clients in Philadelphia include city councilmen, state legislators, congressmen, Mayor Street and Governor Rendell. This year, Snyder Pickerill provided the media and strategy for Brendan Boyle’s come from behind Primary victory for Congress and Senator Mike Stack’s Primary victory for Lt. Governor.

Martin “Marty” O’Rourke is a long-time Philadelphia-based media and communications consultant. He is a former VISTA volunteer and one-time congressional aide who started working in Philadelphia during Ed Rendell’s primary election for mayor in 1987. In addition to working for a number of Philadelphia elected officials, O’Rourke has been working with Jim Kenney since the mid-1990’s.

Lauren Hitt, Communications Director, most recently served as the communications director for Ken Trujillo. Previously, Hitt worked as the press secretary on FitzGerald for Ohio Governor and as a deputy communications director on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election campaign in New York City. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Hitt also worked in Communications for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Pennsylvania.

Steve Preston, Field Director, started organizing in 2012 with the Obama campaign. After the election, Steve worked with Organizing for Action managing Western PA, and then as the PA Deputy State Coordinator, before working as Field Director on Clay Pell’s gubernatorial campaign, and then with NextGen Climate in New Hampshire on Jeanne Shaheen’s successful re-election campaign.

Vaughn Ross, Finance Director, previously worked as the Finance Director for Ken Trujillo. A Lehigh University graduate, Ross also worked on the finance team of Sen. Bob Casey for his 2012 re-election campaign and in Mayor Nutter’s police office working on grant writing and research.

Lindsey Perry, Finance Consultant, has provided fundraising services for gubernatorial, mayoral, city council, judicial and state representative campaigns as well as for non-profits since 2009.  Previously, she served as the Deputy Finance Director for Onorato for Governor in 2010, Deputy Counsel/Deputy Finance Director for Mayor Nutter’s Re-Election in 2011, and most recently Statewide Finance Director for Mike Stack for Lieutenant Governor.

Maura Munley, Deputy Finance Director, previously worked in Finance on Tom Wolf for Governor and for Ken Trujillo. Born and raised in Scranton, Munley received her Bachelor and Master degrees from Loyola University Maryland.

Richie Lazer, Deputy Political Director, served for ten years in Jim Kenney’s Council Office as a Community Liaison. As part of his duties, Lazer interacted with various city departments, state, and federal agencies, and also represented Kenney on numerous boards and organizations, including Philadelphia Mural Arts, Interstate Land Management Corporation, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, Victim Witness Services of South Philadelphia, and Friends of the Free Library. A graduate of LaSalle University, Lazer also worked on three re-election campaigns for Councilman Jim Kenney as well as on other state and municipal campaigns.

33 Responses

  1. Happy Holiday’s CONGRADULATION’s on your Mayor Jim Kenny

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
    Bryan C Halligan

  2. Congratulation on win the Mayor race we need a change in Philadelphia. This is my first time doing any like this because I have no other way to turn. I have been working for Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp at the Careerlink for over 20 years working with Dislocated and Earn candidates assistant customer to get training and employment. As of November 13, 2015 I will be lay off from Careerlink as a Supervisor/Case Manager in the cold. With the new providers that is take over the Careerlinks to run the No Wrong Door Careerlink are not hire anyone that have experiencing in the systems. I was told that they are looking for fresh new staffs. My question how will you feel if some told you that with all of the work experiences you can bring to the table. I wish that we can discuss this in person and if you have any time before you take the major office. I can sent you my resume if you sent me your email address. My gold and my pray is to remain in the Workforce. I will Love to continue to assist Philadelphia candidates to employment and training.

    Thank you God Bless you and your family.

  3. Hi,
    I am a supporter and sent a message on the Kenney for Mayor website to get an email address to send my resume. I received an auto response in return with no email address. Please send me an email address to upload my resume for Mr. Kenney’s review.
    Please feel free to contact me at 215-760-3461 or
    Thanking you in advance,
    Gabe Spinosi

  4. Deborah Mahler looking to see if I could talk to you about helping. Not sure if you remember the Lawncrest Lightning?


  5. since you relaxed pot laws. i cant get stoners off my steps! thanks for nothing! i want you to come to my home and show me which one of these drug dealing nitwits are heading off to college for giving them a pass!!

  6. I would like to find out about working in one of your campaign offices in South Phila. I am disabled and unable to walk the streets but am call or do office work if needed. Please email me if help is needed.

  7. Jane Slusser
    Please see my 2 previous posts from 05-11-15 and 05-13-2015 and advise what I should do to vote for Jim

  8. Posted a question on 05-11-15 about being registered but not having vote in 25 years and not sure what to do, I am waiting for an e-mail with info about how I can vote for Jim Kenney, my phone no. is 215-925-7656, thank you

  9. I am trying to find out how I can update my registration, I originally registered in 1984, and probally have not voted in the last 25 years.
    Now that Jim Kenney is running for major I want to vote for him but do not know how to update my registration, could someone please e-mail me and tell me how I would do that, thank you.

  10. Good Morning Mr.Kenney, Where is your campaign office, and WHY are there no literature being passed out at all. For your older neighbors, they depend on the “lit drops” in order for them to pick their candidates. This is important for effective turnout. Thank you.

  11. the residents of eastparkside would love for you to speak to us at our community meeting monday may 11th no one else has been here to speak . it is christ community 1224n. 41 street we usually have 50-100 persons . we have been helped through your staff Ms Moore down through the years now we want to help you. please rsvp thank you calla cousar

  12. Jim Kenney saved my life and for that I will be forever grateful. Although I can’t vote in Philadelphia I have family members who will. Good Luck and God Bless.

  13. Dear Mr. Kenney, I hope and you pray you win the mayorship…the thought of Abraham even running for anything but dog catcher is regurgitating. She was the judge when my husband committed suicide from her courtroom window in 1986 and in plain english she acted like a big moron and would make attila the hun look like Mother Theresa. I would love to throw a wet towel on her campaign by resurrecting my story if you think you would need some dirt please get in touch with me…Thank you and all the luck in the world to you…..

  14. I am a pastor, CEO .committeeman of the 47 Ward 2nd division ,majority inspector,block cap,A community organizer. And I got Jim Kennedy our next mayors back

  15. Old Ideal new message: Sir I’ve lived in Philadelphia my whole life, you’ve served on the bench and you’ve seen citizens like myself come through your court room either as defendants or victims. I would like to think I represent John Q. Citizen. I see the woes of Philadelphia as a opportunity for something else. I seen your views on legalization and I’d like you to think about something sir. Not selling it in the state stores (then we have to get harrisburg involved and the gop wouldn’t go for yada yada) How about we sell it at the Police station? Think about it sir. the security is already there. It’s open 24 hours a day. The workers could be cops either Two years away from retirement or Two removed from retirement. the profits could be split 60/40 going to the Philadelphia School system and the Pension system. Instead of raising taxes we generate NEW streams of revenue. I do hope you win sir IF I CAN HELP I WILL!!!

    Gary Ian Pitman

  16. Wow! A politician with a vision. Love is policy on decriminalizing marijuana. Stop incarcerating people of color!

  17. wait i was working for one person, now i’m working for another because someone told me too!

  18. Vaughn Ross, former bag man for Rob McCord? I wonder why that was left out of his bio.

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